Thursday, April 9, 2020

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli
This dish is a huge hit at our house. It's one of those things that looks tricky to make, but really is
super easy. And it seems unhealthy, but really it's filled with healthy ingredients.

If, like me, you usually keep no-knead refrigerator bread dough in the refrigerator, then it can be prepared pretty quickly - but looks like it took hours.

If you don't keep your own dough on hand, you can whip one up in about 5 minutes, using a recipe below. Or you can use a pound of dough from the grocery store.

I use one of these two no knead doughs - either one can be made in about 5 minutes. You can stir the dough ingredients together 2 hours before making the rest of the recipe. Or, you can prepare the dough the night before, or even days in advance, and pull it from the fridge when you need it.

My Vegan Brioche Dough

Artisan Bread in Five Basic Dough

I've tried this with both doughs, and they're both delicious. My family has a slight preference for my dough recipe in this dish. (They prefer the other one for some other dishes I serve, so they're not just biased : )

I got the idea for this filling from this Spinach and Artichoke Rolls recipe at Rabbits and Wolves and adapted it slightly. I love their blog, and recommend checking it out for this and other great recipes!
Preparing the filling is easy. These instructions make enough for 2 - 3 Strombolis, made with 1 pound dough per Stromboli. 

These are the ingredients you'll need:
Firm or Extra Firm Tofu (not silken)
Apple Cider Vinegar
White Miso
Fresh Spinach (Frozen can sub, if that's all you have, but it's not quite as wonderful)
Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Spaghetti Sauce (from a jar)

And this is what you do:

In a Colander, place

1 Block Firm or Extra Firm Tofu

Squeeze it firmly with your hands to extract all the liquid you can.
It will fall apart - that's okay.
Place in a food processor:

Tofu (above)
2 Tablespoons Oil
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Salt
Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons White Miso

Whir till smooth, scoop into mixing bowl, set aside

Now, in a Saute Pan, heat
Oil (you decide how much )
1 teaspoon Fresh Garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
Then add
1 Quart (2-3 handfuls) Fresh Baby Spinach, Rinsed (not dried) & chopped
Salt & pepper
Saute till just wilted, but still bright green.

Add to mixing bowl with tofu mixture (above)

Finally, Drain & coarsely chop
1 jar Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Add to mixing bowl with Tofu & Spinach mixture (above) and stir

Now, take 1 pound of dough (enough for a loaf of bread) flour it well, and roll it into a large rectangle  on a floured cutting board.

Move Dough Rectangle onto a parchment - lined pan

Dough Rolled into large rectangle, and placed on parchment, next to a roll of Baguette Dough

As you can see, I put a cylinder of dough next to the Stromboli, so we could have a Baguette, too! 

Down the middle of the dough, lenthwise, Drizzle

Pizza Sauce

Drizzle Pizza Sauce Down Middle of Rectangle

Then, down the middle, again lengthwise, Spoon
1/3 to 1/2 of Filling mixture

Spoon Filling on top of Pizza Sauce
Then, with a Pizza Cutter, cut several parallel lines (creating dough strips that are attached to the center dough), perpendicular to filling, down each length of rectangle - like this.

Cut Parallel lines, perpendicular to filling. Use a Pizza Cutter.

Then, cut the lines the same way down the other side of the rectangle.

Now, alternating from one side to the other, fold the strips of dough over the filling. This makes a beautiful braided look, and is very easy to do!

Fold Dough Strips over Center Filling

Alternate Sides, each time pulling over center Filling.

Keep going, folding in from alternate sides the whole way down.

Keep going. Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect!

Keep alternating sides, and folding over the center. See the Braid Developing?

Keep going all the way to the end, folding final strips under the end of the Stromboli.

Now, allow to rest, while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Finally, slide the pan with the Stromboli into the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

(BTW, this recipe will also work at 350 degrees for 40 minutes : )

Remove from oven. Allow to cool JUST long enough to avoid burnt mouths. Although if you can wait long enough, it's also good warm. We've never had enough left over for me to know how it tastes cold ; )

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli, Fresh out of the Oven.

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli

Cut (I use Kitchen Shears) and Serve!

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli, Ready to Serve.


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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Easy Baked Goods Without Dairy or Eggs

Recipes for Baking with No Milk, No Butter, No Eggs
Right now, because of the Coronavirus, it's a little hard to get everything we need from the store.

I normally do all my baking without milk or eggs, so I thought I'd offer a few ideas that might be helpful to those who don't usually bake that way.  

I've also heard that yeast is unavailable in some stores, so I've divided these recipes into quick breads (no yeast) and yeast breads, so you can see at a glance which ones you'll be able to make with what you can get.

And, of course desserts. All of my desserts are yeast-free : ) And desserts can really help morale at a time like this!

Here is a very good look at why we're having so much trouble getting dairy. It's more complicated than you may have thought. 

If you have no flour, but have a cake mix or some cereal, I even have a couple of ideas for you!

If you need to bake, but don't have milk, butter or eggs available, here are some easy ideas:

Quick Breads:

Banana Bars (no flour needed!)

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Banana Bread Waffles
Banana Bars (no flour needed!)
Blueberry Muffins, Quick, Easy, Healthy  
Blueberry Pancakes
Five Muffins from Your Own Mix   

French Toast (without eggs or milk!)

French Toast
Strawberry Pancakes
Cornbread or Corn Muffins
Cornbread, Ten Minute Summer (no oven required!)

Cornbread, Ten Minute Summer (no oven required!) No Dairy, No Eggs

Vegan Banana Muffins
Vegan Cranberry Streusel Muffins
Vegan Pumpkin Mini Muffins
Waffles, Toaster 
Waffles - without Eggs or Milk!
Zucchini Bread Waffles
Zucchini Mini Muffins

Oatmeal Muffins Mix, MYO, 5 Ways

Oatmeal Muffins Mix, MYO, 5 Ways (no Dairy, No Eggs)

Yeast Breads:

Breadsticks, Stove top

Breadsticks, Stove top (no oven required)

Challah, Easy, No Knead Vegan
Cinnamon Roll Crescents, Easy, No Knead 
Cinnamon Rolls, Easy, No Knead, Vegan, No Oil 
Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Walnut Bread 
Crescent Rolls, Easy, No Knead, Vegan

Crescent Rolls, Easy, No Knead, Vegan

Dinner Rolls, Vegan, Soft & Fluffy, No Knead, Refrigerator 
Easter Bread, Greek (Tsoureki) No Knead, Vegan 

Easter Bread, Greek (Tsoureki) No Knead, Vegan 
Easy Yeast Bread in the Slow Cooker 

Easy Yeast Bread in the Slow Cooker 

Homemade Yeast Bread

Homemade Yeast Bread (no knead, no machine, no dairy, no eggs)

Pita Bread, Stove Top (no oven required!) 

Pita Bread, Stove Top (no oven required!)

Easy, No Knead, Greek Olive Crescents (Eliopites) \ 
Stir & Pour Garlic Bread Sticks 
Stir & Pour Cinnamon Sugar Bread Sticks 

A variety of Stir & Pour Breads - no dairy, no eggs.

Stir & Pour Dinner Rolls 
Stir & Pour Toasting & Sandwich Loaf 

Stir & Pour Focaccia

Stir & Pour Focaccia 
Stir & Pour Calzone Casserole 
Stir & Pour Thin Sandwich Buns
Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, Easy, Soft, No Knead, Oil Free 
Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, Slow Cooker
Whole Wheat Naan (no oven required)
Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread, Easiest Ever


Brownie Snowball Cookes

Brownie Snowball Cookies (no dairy, no eggs)
Brownies, Delightful Vegan
Cashew Cardamom Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookies, Vegan Cookies from a Regular Cake Mix  

Cookies, Vegan Cookies from a Regular Cake Mix 
Crispy Rice Treats
Cupcakes, Chocolate & Vanilla

Cupcakes, Chocolate & Vanilla (no dairy, no eggs)
Cutout Cookies  
Gingerbread Crunch Cookies
Make One Mix, Make Ten Different Cookies

Make One Mix, Make Ten Different Cookies

Lemon Snack Cake
Peanut Butter Cookies
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Russian Teacakes ( Vegan Mexican Wedding Cakes )
Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies (no eggs, no dairy)
Samali (Greek Semolina Dessert)

Samali (Greek Semolina Dessert)

Strawberry Celebration Cupcakes
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Three Minute, Three Bite Brownie for One
Thumbprint Cookies
White Cake, Easy Vegan
12 Children's Vegan Mixes for Toy Ovens  
3 Minute, 3 Bite Brownie for 1   

No Flour in the house? Try these "cupcakes" 
Crispy Rice Cupcakes

Crispy Rice Cupcakes

We all need to keep praying for God's Mercy in these difficult times. I hope these recipes help you.

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